10 Best Japanese Chef Knives Of 2022 – Review And Buying Guide

Finding the best japanese chef knives that will meet all your needs can be a bit of a challenge, even for the most seasoned expert. While many companies still create good japanese chef knivess, the market has turned its attention toward advanced models that carry higher price points.

In our quest to find the most suitable models, we focused on features like comfort, adjustability, and durability. We recommend you take a close look at each product we listed here and see the features you need for your personal use.

Keep reading to learn more…

Top 10 japanese chef knives : Editor’s Pick

10 Best japanese chef knives Reviews:

1. MITSUMOTO SAKARI 8 inch Hand-Forged Japanese Gyuto Chef Knife, Professional 440C Damascus Kitchen Knife, Advanced Art Forging Meat Cleaver Chef’s Knives (MapleWood Handle & Gift Box)

Features :

  • [TOP HAND-FORGED CRAFTS] Gyuto chef’s knife designed by professional and famous Japanese knife maker ミツモトサカリ himself. Forged in top 440C Damascus steel using the Japanese samurai sword forging method with seven layers of laminated steel. It took 5 months to forge a chef’s knife with high toughness and hardness.
  • [RARE BURL WOOD KNIFE HANDLE] Precious maple wood with long natural burl is cut to create a rare professional chef knife handle. The ergonomically designed tang style handle provides excellent hand control and perfect balance to create a perfect cleaver kitchen knife.
  • [JAPAN CHEF’S KNIFE DETAILS] The chef’s knives is 8 inch (207 mm) long with a 5.12 inch handle and 60±2 HRC hardness. The combination of gorgeous curved design and top quality craftsmanship creates a high quality 2.2mm blade chef’s knife; It preserves the moment when fruits reach their ideal ripeness, vegetables are in their best condition or meat is at its most flavorful.
  • [HIGH ARTISTIC VALUE COLLECTION] Top quality hand-forged art chef’s knives combine many precious elements that are highly collectible and useful. Gorgeous looking and perfectly functional chef’s knives are what every home cook and professional chef looks forward to using. And with the special sandalwood sheath and gift box, we believe this is the perfect gift for your beloved friends and family on special holidays.
  • [SINCERE SERVICE] ミツモトサカリ products have been strictly audited and certified. Unconditional replacement or refund policy for defects, risk-free trial. If you have any questions, please contact us, we will give you a satisfactory answer.

2. MITSUMOTO SAKARI 8 inch Japanese Gyuto Chef Knife, Professional Hand Forged Kitchen Chef Knife, 3 Layers 9CR18MOV High Carbon Meat Sushi Knife (Rosewood Handle & Gift Box)

Features :

  • [Traditional Japanese Hand Forging] Professional Japanese chef’s knife inherits the traditional Japanese hand forging method; combined with advanced technology and materials. Through the knifemaker’s manual fine knife shape and pounding out the gorgeous pounding texture; into the perfect forging art and craftsmanship. Insist on completing a perfect kitchen chef’s knife through 45 days of hand forging.
  • [High Quality Cooking Chef Knives] Gyuto chef knife is made of 3 layers of top grade 9CR18MOV high carbon steel with precision quenching and vacuum cold nitrogen treatment. It greatly enhances the characteristics of corrosion resistance, rust prevention and toughness; the hardness is up to 58±2HRC. 2.5mm ultra-thin sharp blade can keep the ideal ripeness of fruits, vegetables in the best condition and meat in the most delicious moment when cutting.
  • [Solid Rosewood Knife Handle] The Japanese high carbon knife is made of precious summer sourwood wood from Southeast Asia. And features an ergonomically designed octagonal balanced wood handle; minimizing wrist tension and different aspects giving you great flexibility to adjust your cutting angle; while providing a secure, comfortable grip.
  • [Perfect Cooking Cookware Gift Choice] Japanese knives combine high-end materials and first-class craftsmanship; perfect for home cooks and professional chefs alike. And with professional gift box packaging is the perfect gift for family and friends at Christmas, weddings, birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day.
  • [High Carbon Knives Important Notes] MITSUMOTO SAKARI products pass strict quality audits. If you find any quality problems with the chef knife, please contact us immediately by email. Our professional service team will give you a satisfactory answer.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Weight 0.5625

3. TUO Nakiri Knife – Vegetable Cleaver Kitchen Knives – Japanese Chef Knife German X50CrMoV15 Stainless Steel – Pakkawood Handle – 6.5″ – Fiery Series

Features :

  • VERSATILE KNIFE: TUO 6.5” usuba knife is a traditional Japanese knife for working with vegetables and agro-food, perfect for kitchen needs such as shredding carrots, cutting tomatoes, dicing onions, chopping melons, or peeling avocados, this nakiri knife is perfect for busy kitchens.
  • SUPER STEEL: Adopted German High-carbon Stainless steel, it promises you the blade won’t rust over time in most of the circumstances and easy to resharpen. The steel is precisely processed with high-tech vacuum heat treatment to reach the hardness HRC56±2 for extraordinary performance and edge retention. Most importantly, the edge won’t chip easily.
  • PREMIUM PAKKAWOOD HANDLE: The full tang handle is made from our patent-pending high-density Pakkawood composite. Compare to other wood handles, it is way more stable and sanitary. No matter how bad the kitchen environment is, it will be no shrimp, no expansion, no crack, assuring you food safety.
  • WELL DESIGNED: From the striking grain of the polished pakkawood (sourced from Africa) handle to the gentle curve of the blade, this is an ergonomic full tang handle design for exceptional comfort and durability. The handle is specifically designed to hold comfortably in your hand with great balance. The bolster of the handle is carefully polished for a perfect pinch grip.
  • TUO LIFETIME GUARANTEE: 100% SATISFACTION OR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, try it risk-free. We guarantee a superior product that will give you a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects. With the luxury case, it is the wise choice as a gift.

Additional Info :

Color Fiery
Item Dimensions
Height 2.04
Width 0.09
Length 11.34
Weight 0.51

4. imarku Japanese Chef Knife – Pro Kitchen Knife 8 Inch Chef’s Knives High Carbon German Stainless Steel Sharp Paring Knife with Ergonomic Handle

Features :

  • High-carbon stainless steel blade-It is manufactured from high-quality stainless steel that maintains its functionality for a long time. And to boost its sturdiness, the steel contains 0.6-0.75 carbon. This makes it two times as hard as other knives in its class as they contain about 0.3% carbon
  • Multi-functional knife-The gyutou knife is classified and designed to be multipurpose knife for professional applications .It cuts,dices,slices,chops and also cuts meat off bones. It comes with a HRC( Rockwell Hardness Scale) of 56-58 which makes it among the tough knives in its class
  • Ergonomic pakka handle- To make it more professional and minimize any fatigue, finger numbness or aches after holding it continuously for an extended time the knife’s handle is made from Pakka. This is material that originates from Africa and its known for its comfort, strength and stability
  • Ultra-sharp edge- Sharpness is key to achieving the best cuts and this is evident in the knife’s blade which is quite sharp and will remain this way even after tough tasks such as cutting tough meat or removing flesh from bones. The sharpness is further boosted by use of the latest German engineering
  • Corrosion and stainless blade-In addition to carbon, 16-18% chrome is also included in the blade’s metal composition. This gives its a glossy finish which will not tarnish even after using it for a long time, making it the perfect gift for mother’s day, father’s day, wedding and birthday

Additional Info :

Color brown and silver
Item Dimensions
Height 1.2
Width 20.4
Length 156
Weight 0.8

5. Professional Kitchen Knives High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef Knife Set,3PCS Ultra Sharp Japanese Knife with Sheath,Ergonomic Pakkawood Handle Elegant Gift Box for Home or Restaurant

Features :

  • 🔪【Professional Kitchen Knife Set】SANDEWILY 3PCS chef knife set include a 8-inch chef knife,a 7.5-inch cutting knife,and a 5-inch paring knife,they are the best choices for cutting,dicing,slicing,chopping vegetables fruits meats cheeses etc.To be a professional chef,this unique/multi-purpose/carefully-designed set is preferred.These professional knives will be your dependable companion,easy cooking effortless.
  • 🍉【Comfortable Use】The handle is made from Pakka wood,and the knife neck and tail are designed with steel cushion. The firm and durable cushion provides perfect stability and control force. The material is not easy to shrink,fade and deform. The size, length and shape of the handle conform to ergonomics,which can provide better grip strength,comfort and flexibility,and reduce fatigue caused by long-term use. And make sure each knife has a sheath to protect your blade and fingers.
  • 🍖【High Quality Steel】Our chef knives are made from the German high-quality high carbon stainless steel,the blade has high hardness anti-corrosion,wear-resistant,durable and sharpness. The carbon content is 0.5%,it make the hardness to HRC56±2. With carefully sharpening by our professional craftsmen,the blade edge reached 8-12 degrees per side. Be careful,these knives are extremely sharp! Mind you don’t cut yourself.
  • 🍕【Easy to Wash and Stain Resistant】Food grade metallic paint has beautiful luster,laminated polishing can prevent tool rust, corrosion and adhesion,clean and sanitary structure,and will not fade or lose luster even after long-term use. This set of kitchen knife is easy to clean and can accompany you for a long time under the proper cleaning method. Hand washing is better. Please dry it with a cloth after washing. This set of knives is perfect for family and restaurant kitchen .
  • 🌽【Gifts and Excellent service】SANDEWILY kitchen knife set is equipped with scabbard and a premium box. It is an ideal gift of choice for birthday,wedding, anniversary,Mother’s Day,Father’s Day,Christmas,chef,family warmth and so on. If you have any questions,please feel free to contact us. We want each of customers to have a 100% good shopping experience.

Additional Info :

Color Silver
Item Dimensions
Height 2
Width 7
Length 14

6. MITSUMOTO SAKARI 8 inch Japanese Kiritsuke Chef Knife, Hand Forged 67 Layers 440C Damascus Steel Kitchen Knives, Professional Meat Sushi Chef’s Knife (Blue Pomegranate Handle & Gift Box)

Features :

  • [Japanese Damascus Knives] Kiritsuke Knife is made of 67 layers 440C Damascus steel (59±2 HRC) using traditional Japanese hand forging technology combined with vacuum deep cooling treatment; enhancing sharpness, durability and corrosion resistance.
  • [Dazzling Knife Handles] Collaboration with famous Japanese designers to design dazzling series of knife handles. Shadowwood Treegranate incorporates unique patterns and colors; a unique color structure flows through the world of knife handles. It will be a pleasure to use it.
  • [Professional Japanese Chef’s Knife] Each Kiritsuke knife is carefully machined and forged using multiple processes to achieve the optimal balance of hardness, toughness and sharpness to deliver unparalleled performance. These chef’s knives are perfect for chopping, slicing and cutting any fruit, fish, meat, sushi and vegetables.
  • [High-End Gift Choices] The Universal Chef’s Knife has an ultra-sharp edge and perfect curvature (13°) to meet all the chef’s requirements for a knife. With its exquisite sandalwood gift box and gorgeous appearance, it is the gift every home chef and professional chef looks forward to on special holidays.
  • [Product Commitment] ミツモトサカリ products have been strictly audited and certified. Unconditional replacement or refund policy for defects, risk-free trial. If you have any questions, please contact us, we will give you a satisfactory answer.

Additional Info :

Color Blue Pomegranate Handle
Item Dimensions
Height 1.93
Width 0.09
Length 12.9
Weight 0.39

7. Yoshihiro VG-10 46 Layers Hammered Damascus Gyuto Japanese Chefs Knife (Octagonal Ambrosia Handle) (8.25″ (210mm))

Features :

  • The VG-10 Hammered Damascus Series has been a perennial best seller, combining performance, beauty, and extraordinary value.
  • [[TRADITIONAL GYUTO STYLE] The most versatile and essential of all knives a cook can have is a Japanese chefs knife known as a Gyuto knife.
  • The Gyuto is a Japanese chefs knife with a curved blade that smoothly rocks back and forth and has an extended tip for quick chopping that can be used to cut meat, fish, and vegetables.
  • [46 LAYERS DAMASCUS VG-10] Proudly made in Japan and forged and hammered with 46 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core.
  • [HAMMERED TEXTURE] The hammered texture of the blade eliminates friction and keeps food from sticking to the blade.
  • [ERGONOMIC OCTAGONAL WA-HANDLE] This knife is complimented with a traditional Japanese Wa-style handcrafted Octagonal Handle that is lightweight and ergonomically welds to the hand for seamless use.
  • [INCLUDED SAYA KNIFE COVER] A protective wooden sheath called a Saya is included, which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use.
  • [WHETSTONE RECOMMENDED] Traditional Japanese knife making values a sharp edge, which requires attention and care. Sharpening and honing should be done with only water whetstones.
  • [CARE & HANDLING] Hand wash and dry only, and do so immediately if working with acidic ingredients. Do not use on objects such as bones, nutshells, and frozen foods.
  • From dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmer’s market to carving a roast chicken straight from the oven, even the simplest tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Additional Info :

Color White
Item Dimensions
Height 1.75
Width 0.06
Length 14
Weight 0.3

8. FAMCÜTE 8 Inch Japanese Chef Knife, 3 Layer 9CR18MOV Clad Steel w/octagon Handle Gyuto Sushi Knife for Home Kitchen & Restaurant

Features :

  • 100% from Japan’s High Quality Steel – FAMCUTE series uses 9CR18MOV. A great steel for the everyday use of any chef. With an HRC of 60+/-2 it will take an angled edge and hold it for long enough to help extend the life of your knife (w/ general maintenance). The clad dimple allow for easy food release while slicing or dicing. This blade is great for vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats. [Please refrain from cutting frozen products as this may detriment the knife’s edge.]
  • Ergonomic Design- Design inspiration are designed to show the special beauty of chef’s knives. While focusing on comfortability, and efficiency for the everyday chef. Blade length is 21.2cm and handle length is 15.3 cm with an overall length of 36.5cm. When a pinch grip is used the blade length is considered “true 8” inch” where the user will be able to maximize maneuverability of the blades cutting edge
  • Full of Natural Handles – Is crafted from African rosewood, and is a great compliment to the beauty and comfort to the knife user. The stability of the handle allows the user full manipulation of the blade. This makes for effective use for precision, and endurance cuts. This handle makes mis en plas (food prep) FUN again
  • Weight/Balance- The balance point runs heel to spine up the billet. Allowing the user a comfortable grip with precise cuts, and less wear and tear on the users hands. The weight is towards the blade of the knife making for efficient use during rock chopping motion.
  • FAMCUTE’s PROMISE- Quality is a massive focus of ours products. As a promise to our customers, When you open the package and receive a knife with any quality problems, we will replace it free of charge.

Additional Info :

Color 8 inch chef knife

9. enowo Damascus Chef Knife 8 Inch with Premium G10 Handle&Triple Rivet,Razor Sharp Kitchen Knife Japanese VG-10 Stainless Steel,Gift Box,Ergonomic,Superb Edge Retention, Stain & Corrosion Resistant

Features :

  • 【SUPER DAMASCUS STEEL】Enowo chef’s knife is made from professional 67-layer Damascus high-carbon stainless steel with ultra-sharp cutting core VG 10. The cryogenic treatment forging giving an incredible Rockwell hardness 60 HRC ±2 HRC .The pure manual V-shaped cutting edge-11 degree let sharpness reach super grade (6-8 N), which means you get sharpness, edge retention plus stain and rust resistance so you can cutting effortlessly and tackle all your kitchen tasks with ease.
  • 【NON-STICK BLADE】The special water ripple on the damascus chef knife’s blade and hand polished mirror surface are not only beautiful but strikingly help to reduce drag and stuck on food, ensuring the best flavor of food.
  • 【PREMIUM G-10 HANDLE】This top military grade G10 black handle with stunning triple rivet and full tang design that attaches the handle firmly onto the blade,offering better durability and reliability.The tapered Bolster offers extreme comfort and perfect balance!Even if you use our damascus knife for a long time, you won’t feel tired and uncomfortable no matter your hand size, right&left handed or where you grip.
  • 【EXQUISITE GIFT PACKAGING】 Enowo cooking knife features an unique and very beautiful natural waved pattern with a non-slip elegant handle,being set in a custom designed black gift box,which makes it a perfect gift for your families and friends.
  • 【ENOWO LIFETIME GUARANTEE】Enowo provides customers 60-day money back policy,free replacement and lifetime guarantee.We are always here to provide you with the most satisfactory solution.Try Enowo chef’s knife now!

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Weight 1.1

10. FAMCÜTE Japanese Chef Knife Set, 3 Layer 9CR18MOV Clad Steel w/octagon Handle and Block Wooden Holder for 4Piece Kitchen Knife Set (8” Gyuto Knife, 7” Nakiri Knife, 7” Santoku knife, 5” Utility knife)

Features :

  • This is the knife set of FAMCÜTE’s first series of chef’s knives. When we understand user feedback, for better service and convenient maintenance of chef knives, we have added a solid wood knife holder, which is not only convenient to use and store, but also has a longer life.
  • 100% High Quality Steel – FAMCUTE series uses 9CR18MOV. A great steel for the everyday use of any chef. With an HRC of 60+/-2 it will take an angled edge and hold it for long enough to help extend the life of your knife (w/ general maintenance). The clad dimple allow for easy food release while slicing or dicing. This blade is great for vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats. [Please refrain from cutting frozen products as this may detriment the knife’s edge.]
  • Ergonomic Design- Design inspiration are designed to show the special beauty of chef’s knives. While focusing on comfortability, and efficiency for the everyday chef. Correct size handling: 8” chef knive, 7” Nakiri Knife, 7” Santoku knife, 5” Utility knife, the user will be able to maximize maneuverability of the blades cutting edge
  • Handle handling – Is crafted from African rosewood, and is a great compliment to the beauty and comfort to the knife user. The stability of the handle allows the user full manipulation of the blade. This makes for effective use for precision, and endurance cuts. This handle makes mis en plas (food prep) FUN again
  • Weight/Balance- The balance point runs heel to spine up the billet. Allowing the user a comfortable grip with precise cuts, and less wear and tear on the users hands. The weight is towards the blade of the knife making for efficient use during rock chopping motion.

Additional Info :

Item Dimensions
Weight 2.22

Buying Guide: What to Consider When Select japanese chef knives

Price

How much should you expect to spend on a product like this? Is it a one-off cost, or is there some kind of recurring element?

When it comes to japanese chef knives, a great value can come in many different forms. It could be a lower price, impeccable construction, and design, or higher durability. We’ll cover all of these different factors below, where we’re sharing our top picks for the best japanese chef knives for the money. We’ll go over everything consumers should know to get a great value out of their japanese chef knives!

Durability 

The phrase “people get what they pay for” is especially true when it comes to japanese chef knives. The range in durability from person to person can be pretty substantial depending on the materials used in the construction. If someone saves $100 on a japanese chef knives, but it wears out in 1 month, are they really getting a good value?

Compare that to a japanese chef knives that costs $50 more but wears out after 1 or 2 years. Most people would argue that the second option is the better deal over the long term. Before purchasing, you should consider how long you want to have the japanese chef knives and then read reviews to make sure you know how long you can expect it to last.

Consider Where You Purchase 

 

A vast majority of people now buy their japanese chef knives online rather than going to a brick-and-mortar physical location. That’s largely because online shopping offers greater convenience, and many brick-and-mortar stores can be confusing when it comes to their models, pricing, and types.

While people can’t try out an online japanese chef knives the way they can in a store, brands often come with generous trials. These allow people to try out the japanese chef knives for a while and return it if they’re unhappy.

In addition, many online japanese chef knives are more affordable than their in-store counterparts, because they have less overhead and have cut out the middlemen to pass savings directly to the consumer. If you purchase online, make sure to check to see if they will have to pay extra for shipping or not. A lot of the new companies offer free shipping, but not all.

Types of japanese chef knives

Before even thinking about all the different japanese chef knives available,  You should choose the product types that will be ideal for your task.

Design

Choosing a product based on a design that people will love can be tough. Just because you might like the look and style of it, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Below are some steps you can follow that I’ve used in the past when making decisions on which product designs to choose. Today, a lot of e-commerce sites have the same products. Naturally, it means people use product photos and videos to find the best item. Some of the tips in this article will help you choose or design a successful product.

  • Dimensions. How big are these products?
  • Materials. What are they made from? Is there an advantage to choosing one material over another?
  • Generic characteristics. What sort of features do products in this category include?
  • Product-specific functionality. Do certain products have key characteristics that others don’t? 
  • “Vs.” comparisons. Wireless or wired? Portable or desktop? Metal or wood? These are the key A/B-style decisions typically made early in the buying process.

The Verdict

Finally, we hope that our reviews about these japanese chef knivess will help you to choose your ideal product available on the maker. The question remains, how many of these japanese chef knives will you use and how often? Some manufacturers come out with newer japanese chef knives every few months. This is because they know that people want the better japanese chef knives. It’s all a matter of choice and your budget. The good news is that the features of good japanese chef knives tend to trickle down in price. If you start off with a cheaper version, chances are you can afford the more advanced versions of it a few months later.